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Lifehacker Household Tips
[February 23, 2016 – 02:46 pm]
Lifehacker Household Tips

It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting started. No worries, here are ten MacGyver-ish ways to freshen your home with minimal effort. 10. Get Clutter Out of the Way Hiding clutter and dirt can help can help you fake a clean house, which is great for cleaning up in emergencies (for example, when guests come over last minute). But it’s also a good idea to put the clutter aside before attempting any cleaning project. The less clutter you have, the less you have to clean…

Android music player Lifehacker
[February 22, 2016 – 12:53 pm]
Android music player Lifehacker

Android: Cyanogen s built-in music player is much better than the stock Android player, and now it s available for all devices at Google Play, rooted or no. It s debut comes packed with added features, like voice search, automatic artist and album art image fetching, gapless playback, homescreen and lockscreen widgets, and the ability to pin your favorite tunes to your homescreen. Apollo comes in two flavors, an ad-supported free version, and Apollo+, a $0.99 version that pulls out the ads and entitles you to faster updates from the developer. Both versions offer the same features…

VPN client Mac Lifehacker
[February 21, 2016 – 06:05 pm]
VPN client Mac Lifehacker

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a great way to browse the web securely, and OS X has a VPN option built right into it. The problem is that it doesn t always automatically connect when you boot up your computer, or after it disconnects for some reason. A simple Applescript over on Stack Exchange solves this problem. To enable this function, open up Applescript (Applications > Utilities) and paste in this code (replace VPN University with the service name you use): on idle tell application System Events tell current location of network preferences set myConnection…

Lifehacker laptop battery life
[February 13, 2016 – 07:14 am]
Lifehacker laptop battery life

You probably know your battery is best served by shallow discharges and regular top-offs, but calibrating your battery occasionally is important too—otherwise the display that shows you how much charge is remaining can be wildly inaccurate. If you ve ever seen your battery zoom from half-full to near empty in what seems like an instant, or plugged in your charger and then unplugged it only to see what you thought was 100% is really only 95%, your phone or laptop battery may not be reporting the correct charge—which means it may not be properly calibrated. Over at How-To Geek…

Lifehacker.com best web hosting
[February 11, 2016 – 12:50 am]
Lifehacker.com best web hosting

When you re ready to take your data into your own hands and run your own blog, own your own photos, and host your own apps, it s time to find a good web host that can put it all on the web for you, give you the tools, bandwidth, and storage you need, and support you when you need help. Thankfully, there are dozens of great companies looking for your business, and this week we re going to look at five of the best, based on your nominations. Earlier in the week we asked you which hosting companies you thought were the best and offered the best combination of price to features…

Lifehacker install Windows 10 now
[February 8, 2016 – 08:53 pm]
Lifehacker install Windows 10 now

Microsoft released its latest version of Windows this week, and we dove in headfirst. If you missed any of the news, here’s a roundup of everything you need to know, from us and our friends at Gizmodo. Today’s the day that Windows 10 finally arrives! While the rollout will come in waves, we’ve been running the Insider Preview for months. Here are some of the best features you can look forward to when (or if) you decide to upgrade. Windows 10 is finally here. You’ve seen some of its best new features, even heard what it’s like to use every day. But you might be wondering if you…

Lifehacker learn Photoshop
[February 4, 2016 – 05:50 am]
Lifehacker learn Photoshop

Now that you know the tools Photoshop has to offer, we re going to take a look at using them to correct and alter color, retouch blemishes and other unwanted parts of your photos, and enhance portraits to make the subject look especially good. Welcome to the second lesson in our Basics of Photoshop series. The main lesson is the video above and the text below is for reference. Most of what you re going to learn here is best demonstrated in the video, so watching it is the best way to learn. In this lesson we re going to be covering three things: color correction, photo retouching…

Lifehacker Cyber Monday 2013
[January 25, 2016 – 05:48 pm]
Lifehacker Cyber Monday 2013

Sometimes shopping during Black Friday can feel like betting on a prize fight. You plunk down all your money on a great pair of shoes, only to see their price get knocked down during a Cyber Monday blowout. But how can a shopper know what kinds of unadvertised, winning sales are just around the corner? On everyone s mind this season is the question of whether Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday—or the span of time in between these holidays—will be the best time to shop for the specific items they want. This post originally appeared on DealNews If you re tired of feeling…

Lifehacker Organizing email
[January 22, 2016 – 01:19 pm]
Lifehacker Organizing email

Google polarized the Gmail crowd when it released Inbox. For some, it was confusing and unhelpful. For others like myself, however, Inbox is a breath of fresh air. Here’s how it’s changed my workflow, and why I think it’s worth giving it a shot. Before Inbox came out, I was a pretty avid Gmail user. I used filters, labels, and stars to meticulously organize my emails based on my needs at the time. Of course, this system resulted in a lot of tweaking as my needs changed. I quickly accumulated too many labels, and most of my “email management” ended up occurring outside of Gmail…

Lifehacker night school Linux
[January 19, 2016 – 07:30 pm]
Lifehacker night school Linux

If you ve been meaning to try out Linux but felt too overwhelmed, we ve got all the info you need to get started. Here are our five lessons on getting a working Linux partition up and running. - Everyone s heard about this thing called Linux, but you may still be wondering if it s really for you. Here s a look at the reasons you may want to install Linux. - Now that you ve decided to give Linux a try, you ll need to decide which flavor—or distribution, as they re called—is a good fit for you. - Once you ve decided which flavor of Linux fits your needs, it s time to install it…

Lifehacker root note 2
[January 17, 2016 – 09:58 pm]
Lifehacker root note 2

Android (root): If you’re one of the lucky few to receive Android Marshmallow, and you have root, you can try out a hidden, experimental multi-window layout buried in Android. This multi-window layout is extremely experimental, so this is your warning. Don’t do this unless you know what you’re doing. Google hasn’t officially announced this, it’s not supported, and apps will likely break. However, if you want to play around with it, here’s how to turn it on: Use a root-enabled file browser to mount the “system” folder on your phone’s storage. Open the “system” folder. Select…

Lifehacker Pack for Mac 2011
[January 17, 2016 – 08:15 pm]
Lifehacker Pack for Mac 2011

The New York Times featured the packing strategies of flight-attendant Heather Poole, who frequently lives out of a carry-on for 10 days at a time. With baggage fees higher than ever, knowing how to efficiently pack a carry-on can save you a bunch of money when traveling by air. Here s how to do it. Like we ve suggested before, Heather rolls her clothes to avoid wrinkles and save space. One important note, however, is that she sets those rolls aside rather than packing them as soon as she s created them. She first puts her shoes in the carry-on bag, then starts adding the heavier…

Lifehacker best wireless headphones
[January 9, 2016 – 05:53 pm]
Lifehacker best wireless headphones

If you’re looking for a headset that’s great when you’re talking to coworkers on Skype or Hangouts, teammates on Teamspeak or Ventrilo, or just rocking out to music, you have options. We asked you for your faves, then looked at the five best headsets. Now it’s time to crown the crowd favorite. Proving that age doesn’t mean a thing, one of the oldest headsets in our lineup (and one that appeared when we last ran this poll back in 2012) topped the charts this time around. The took the top spot with just shy of 28% of the overall vote. Solid design, sturdy build quality, great…

Lifehacker file manager Android
[January 7, 2016 – 12:17 am]
Lifehacker file manager Android

Windows: Unlike iTunes for iOS devices, there is no official desktop client to manage Android phones and tablets. MoboRobo is as good as any you can hope for, and it works with iPhones and iPads too. Connecting your Android or iOS device to MoboRobo for the first time is a drawn-out, but simple process. The first connection needs to be via USB, but thereafter, Android devices can connect through a Wi-Fi network using the MoboRobo Daemon app. You can also do that with web-based app AirDroid, without installing software; but MoboRobo has more powerful features, as you will see…

Lifehacker Xbox 360 controller Mac
[January 6, 2016 – 02:59 am]
Lifehacker Xbox 360 controller Mac

OS X: Some games have gamepad and joystick controls functional out of the box. Some don t. For the latter, a little app called Joystick Mapper can allow you to use any compatible controller with any game—whether it supports your gamepad/joystick or not. All you need is a connected joystick or gamepad to get started—you can even work with an Xbox 360 controller. From there, you can create a new joystick and select it in the app s settings. Once you ve done that, you simply bind buttons on your device to keyboard strokes and mouse actions to control whatever game you want in the…